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This Is What Free Gets You

July 23, 2009

I’m going to write from time to time about why paying for something (in TypeTribe’s case, for feedback) is better than getting it for free.

Today I watched a four-minute TED talk by a Canadian woman who needed hip replacement surgery. You can watch the video here.

I have nothing at all against National Health Care. In fact, it would be great to have if I ever set out on my one and have my entrepreneurial ventures as my only source of income. But this woman makes a great point: When you get something for free, you are not a priority. You’re at the whim of whoever is providing the free service for you.

The woman figured out a way to get a new hip, but the original timeframe given to her was 18 months. 18 months!

Can you imagine sending out your writing to someone and having to wait 18 months to get feedback?! Not at TypeTribe. At TypeTribe, you pay a small amount for quality feedback within 48 hours. If a reviewer doesn’t fulfill their end of the bargain, they don’t get paid. Simple as that.

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